Engage: Native American Heritage Day celebrated; Black pilgrims?
It's Native American Heritage Day -- iReporter Rachel Cauvin photographed this at a New York Native American festival in May.
November 25th, 2011
12:36 PM ET

Engage: Native American Heritage Day celebrated; Black pilgrims?

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Friday is Native American Heritage Day
President George W. Bush signed the Native American Heritage Day Act into law in 2008 to acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans to America. - Indian Country Today

Local Occupy group joins with Native Americans
"About 30 Occupy Boston protesters traveled from their encampment in Boston’s Financial District to join the National Day of Mourning here yesterday, lending their support to a Native American demonstration held each Thanksgiving." - The Boston Globe FULL POST

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November 25th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Born a boy, raised as a girl

"Ever since I could express myself, I always knew I was a girl."

So said Jazz, an 11-year-old boy who was raised as a girl and is now going through puberty as a female. Early on, her mother said, she sought medical help and was devastated that her child's ideas about gender identity were a diagnosed disorder. Indeed, psychological and medical opinions about transgender kids are "all over the place," Dr. Johanna Olson said. In medical schools, the discussions are just starting.

Jazz's story is featured in the documentary "I am Jazz: A Family in Transition," which will appear on OWN on November 27.

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Filed under: Gender • How we look • Who we are
November 25th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Whatever happened to...Nancy Guarneros, undocumented student, DREAM Act hopeful?

By Thelma Gutierrez, CNN

(CNN) - When we first met Nancy Guarneros three years ago, she was a 21-year-old honors student at University of California, Los Angeles working cash jobs as a tutor and babysitter to pay her way. At the time, she was applying for graduate programs.

One by one, letters of acceptance came in: Harvard, Brown, Columbia.

But Nancy couldn’t afford them on her own, and wasn’t eligible for financial aid. In her senior year of high school, when she asked her mother for a birth certificate to apply for a California driver’s license, she learned she was an undocumented immigrant.


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Filed under: Education • Immigration • Latino in America